Eating This Cheese Is Like Taking a Gut-Healthy Probiotic, New Study Finds

Updated 10/30/17

Considering that we'll never be able to give it up, we'll gladly argue for the health benefits of cheese—the dairy product is a great source of calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin B12. But as Livestrong reports, new study out of Korea University in Seoul also found that Swiss cheese, in particular, may boast some anti-inflammatory benefits. They even went as far as to call it a "superfood." 

This is all thanks to the probiotic bacteria called propionibacterium freudenreichii, which is found in Swiss cheese. "This bacteria helps to reduce inflammation, which is so important for reducing the risk of certain diseases and promoting longevity," writes the health publication. "In addition to slowing down the aging process, this probiotic may also have immunity-boosting powers." 

It's worth mentioning that this study was conducted on worms, but the researchers note that "it is possible that the mechanisms identified in this study may apply to other species, including humans." As Hacked reports, P. freudenreichii is both a probiotic and a prebiotic and can help stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut in addition to treating issues like constipation, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. 

While other foods contain P. freudenreichii, Swiss cheese has the highest concentration of the healthy bacteria. "In fact, just one gram of Emmental contains a whopping 1 billion cells of it," adds Livestrong. "If you are curious why Swiss has holes and what gives it such a sweet and nutty flavor, here's your answer: These bacteria, which are used as a starter culture, are totally responsible."

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